Odawna traders threaten to stop paying tax if…

Traders at the Odawna Pedestrian Shopping Mall in Accra have served notice to cease payment of all taxes to government and city authorities if the place is not renovated by the end of this year. Part of the mall was razed by fire on January 16 this year. About 80 stalls within the mall were affected by the fire which ocured at night. Managers of the mall were forced to temporarily shut down the place until January 21 when it was reopened for business to resume. But according to the traders, business has since slowed. Chairman of the Petty Traders Association at the Odawna Pedestrian Shopping Mall, Ernest Mensah said government promised to financially support the traders and renovate the market but that is yet to be done. The low patronage, he said, is partly the result of the condition at the shopping market. He told Onua FM that the traders are unhappy the government has failed to stick to its promise to support them financially to improve their businesses. Mr Mensah said efforts by the leadership to get the government to fulfill the promises have failed. On the back of this, he said the traders have resolved to stop paying taxes if government fails to make good its promise to them by the end of the year.

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